Can Your Office Furniture Make You Sick?

June 24, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Furniture, Designer

Is your office environment or office furniture making you sick? The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and, increasingly, manufacturers of office products and equipment, are taking steps to reduce the likelihood that’s the case.

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2019 Trends: Metrics Matter in Office Design

June 18, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Design, Designer

Sometimes apples to apples really isn’t a fair comparison. Case in point: office space.

The most productive use of 20,000 square feet of office space for one company may be counterproductive for another company. Specifying performance metrics that identify the best parameters to inform workplace design and acquisition decisions is an emerging trend this year – because everyone can agree that designing a space in a way shown to most positively impact the workforce makes sense. The challenge is identifying the parameters that work best to inform workplace design and acquisition decisions for your business.

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What Can You Learn from Employee Push Back?

June 13, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Etiquette, Managers


Most workplaces (especially those with many employees) are microcosms of society as a whole. Within a company’s walls are individuals of varying ages, races, ethnicities, interests, talents, skills, and temperaments. While most organizations have a hierarchical setup (with management at the top and interns at the bottom), each employee, regardless of their role, age, or life experience has been chosen to be part of the company for a reason.

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Can You Convert Cubicles into Open Workspace?

May 14, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Furniture, Office Design, Facility Managers, Managers



Open offices are certainly not the answer for every type of office environment; however, there are many business that can benefit from making the switch from cubicles into an open office space. Some companies are able to forego cubicles and reconfigure their offices into open-concept workspaces that encourage collaboration, bolster creativity and increase workplace morale. If your employees are hidden away in cubicles and you’d like to embrace an open workspace, you’ll probably be relieved to hear that it may be possible to achieve that primarily by reusing what you already have on hand. 

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The Top 5 Online Office Space Planning Tools

May 13, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Design

With an office space planning project, practically everything except for the square footage, footprint, and stationary walls and windows is fair game. Office furnishings, accessories, and temporary walls or partitions are at your disposal to bring your vision to life.

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Incorporate the Color of the Year into Your Office Design

April 25, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Design, Designer

Is your office design bland, boring, and uninspired? While a complete office remodel or renovation may not be in your budget, you’d be surprised by how impactful even small, inexpensive updates can be. One of the quickest and easiest ways to spruce up and refresh your space is to introduce pops of bright color in subtle ways. Remember one of the hottest office design trends for 2019 is to add some color to your walls! Even better? Introduce pops of a color that isn’t usually seen around the office … such as Pantone’s 2019 color of the year, living coral.

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Open Workspaces vs. Cubicles: Office Reconfiguration Pros & Cons

April 22, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Reconfiguration, Office Design, Managers

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If you ask employees to describe their ideal workspace, many would probably describe a spacious corner office with sweeping city views, a fully stocked mini-fridge and a cozy sofa ideal for power naps. Except for a fortunate fraction of workers, the reality is nowhere near this ideal. This ideal does serve as a brass ring to motivate employees, though! Most employees work in either an open workspace or a cubicle, and there are pluses and minuses to both setups.

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So Your Office is Still in Cubicles?

April 15, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Save Time & Money, Office Furniture

While open concept offices, office benching, and office hoteling are up and coming office design choices for many companies, these types of layouts don’t work for all companies. If your employees are situated in cubicles and the arrangement works for you and your team, there is no need to bend to peer pressure! Cubicle office layouts have unique benefits that some other office layouts don’t – including a sense of privacy and having one’s own space, noise control, and the ability to be configured and reconfigured in various ways.

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A Better Alternative to the Open Office Concept

April 11, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Office Design, Managers




If you read articles in trade or consumer business magazines (or on our blog, like this one about Open Workspaces vs. Cubicles), you’re probably pretty familiar with the open office concept. Instead of compartmentalizing employees within cubicles, permanent offices, or office crafted of temporary walls, open concept offices are similar to lofts. There are no barriers delineating the square footage that individual employees occupy.

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Sustainability in Business Practices

April 5, 2019 / by Bill Miller posted in Sustainability, Facility Managers, Managers

Sustainability: You’ve probably heard the term in relation to business principles and procedures. But do you truly understand what it means? According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development, sustainability is the process of adopting business strategies and activities that meet the immediate needs of a business and its stakeholders, while protecting, sustaining, and enhancing the human and natural resources that will be needed in the future.

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